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Offline Oceander

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« on: March 27, 2014, 11:57:31 PM »

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« Reply #1 on: March 30, 2014, 09:06:37 AM »
I hope these aspiring NASA workers speak some Arabic language, given the shift in NASA's primary purpose to "Muslim outreach."
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« Reply #2 on: March 30, 2014, 09:49:27 AM »
NASA??  YHGTBSM!!  Last time I checked, NASA does not even have a manned launch vehicle and is completely dependent upon the Russians for shuttling US astronauts to and from the International Space Station; which by the way, is rapidly approaching the end of its service life, and will likely be abandoned by the US long before 2020.  The Russians want to extend that by 8 years but doing so would be completely on them.

SpaceX, just to mention one, is a much more likely place for a serious space science grad to seek employment.  There is other serious venture capitol being spent out there doing long range planning and design for permanent space mining projects, including mining on the moon and out into the asteroid belt.  If someone can figure a way to start shuttling large chunks of ice in from out in the Oort Cloud we would never have a fresh water shortage anywhere on the planet.  If someone can figure a way to start smelting ore mined on asteroids, and turning out finished architectural structures in space, well above low earth orbit, say, out at one of the LaGrange points, large scale manufacturing in space would be possible along with all kinds of technologies that simply are not possible on the ground, or in orbit around a large gravity source. 

NASA served us well in paving the way for the private and commercial exploitation of space.  NASA is hardly the end-all be-all agency it once was, and that's fine because a lot if not most of the people who used to be employed exclusively by NASA have moved on to places like SpaceX and elsewhere, and slowly commercial use of space is unfolding.

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